Son stationed in Scotland. Points out to powers-that-be that he is further away from home than servicemen who are permitted to fly, after much discussion is permitted to fly home -time taken 1 h.5 hours vs 11 hours on train. NOW THE GOOD BIT- cost to MOD £60.00 return on easyjet. Senior Rupert sees this, gets wound up because he is no longer allowed 1st class travel / plane everywhere by right, imposes ruling that only senior officers may fly. Result, cost to MOD of 2nd class train ticket £184.00, time each way circa 11 hours. So whilst we are unable to afford planes for our aircraft carriers we can waste £124.00 per squaddie so that a brass hat can feel valued !!! Great idea for next defence review - how about using common sense on everyday expenditure such as travel warrants.